Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

Here's a trick question we recently posed to a group of budding newsmen: What is the difference between an investigative reporter and a so-called run-of-the-mill reporter? As you ponder this riddle, also consider the essential job of a newsman.

What brings these questions to mind are stories in the news and between the covers of this week's magazine. Specifically, political polls, stem-cell research and the Chandra Levy case. The general press has treated each of these in broad emotional sweeps. For example, President George W. Bush's popularity has slipped "dramatically" and, hence, Dubya's in trouble. Buried in the polls, however, and then hidden (we think purposely) by the press is an interesting fact: Bill Clinton, at the same juncture of his first term, had lower numbers and still managed to do better as time passed. Yet, today this context is missing, as Hans Nichols reports in his cover story.

As to stem-cell research, it's being hailed as a Holy Grail to cure ills almost as certainly as Dr. …

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